Created on the Buchla Electronic Music System and recorded in quadraphonic sound, “Touch” by Morton Subotnick, is another early electronic music masterpiece by the pioneering American composer. Before the age of microcomputers and digital synthesizers, Subotnick was making engaging works of purely electronic sounds in a style somewhat similar to his better known European colleagues such as Karlheinz Stockhausen. While not quite as frenetic as Stockhausen’s “Kontakte”, nor perhaps as... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Morton Subotnick
Charles Amirkhanian talks with guests Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick. La Barbara is a composer working with extended vocal techniques. She was also the new music critic of the magazine Musical America, and she and Charles critique a recent concert by Philip Glass. Morton Subotnick is one of America's foremost electronic composers and teaches in the faulty of CalArts. He discusses his newest work "Ghost Pieces". The three also talk about the differences, or lack of them, between... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Joan LaBarbara,...
The fourth concert of the 1980-81 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured Morton Subotnick and friends, commemorating this composer-clarinetist’s appearance at the first Society concert held on November 21, 1961. In this return engagement, Subotnick performs Beethoven’s “Trio in B-Flat, Op. 11” as well as his own “Two Life Histories: A Melodrama.” The concert then concludes with Béla Bartók’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” In his “Two Life... Topics: KPFA-FM, San Francisco Chamber Music Society, Music, Chamber Music
Ingram Marshall presents a program on the life and work of composer and visual artist, Charlemagne Palestine. Palestine began his musical career as a carillonneur at St. Thomas's Church in New York City, and later studied electronic music with Morton Subotnick at NYU. In 1970 this quintessential New Yorker traveled west to study at Cal Arts where he became interested in using electronics to produce a subtle style of drone music. On his return to New York in 1973, Palestine became involved in... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Minimalism, Charlemagne Palestine
Recorded on February 7, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Carl Stone about his role as one of the preeminent electronic composer in Southern California. Stone plays some of his pieces and demonstrates his digital delay unit that he was then using in many of his performances. Born in 1953, Stone studied with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney at Cal Arts, and has had his music performed throughout the world, including... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Speaking of Music, Exploratorium, Carl Stone, Interview, Music, Electronic music
In September of 1970, the California Institute of the Arts opened its doors, thus embarking on a radical plan for art education, supported by the estate of the late Walt Disney. Several months prior to the start of its first academic year, Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman visited the school, and talked with members of the extraordinary faculty which were to form the backbone of this remarkable intermedia educational institution. The program features an interview with Cal Arts provost,... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Modern Art, Cal Arts, Art Schools
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the young American pianist Richard Bunger who has written a book entitled The Well Prepared Piano and has just released a fine album of new music for prepared and unprepared piano on Avant (AV 1008). Bunger plays music of John Cage, Henry Cowell, Harold Budd, and E. T. Paull live in the studio, and we hear other pieces from recordings, including The Perilous Night by John Cage, Prelude No. 4 for Piano and Tape by Morton Subotnick, and Chorale for Quarter Tone... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Prepared Piano
Recorded on May 8, 1982, the second concert of the 4th annual New Sounds San Jose Festival featured Joan La Barbara presenting selections of music for voice, tape and electronics, most of which were her own compositions. Subtitled “Voice is the Original Instrument” the first half of this concert featured works where all the sound were created by the natural voice, amplified to bring out quiet sounds and particular qualities that would not be clearly audible without the use of amplification.... Topics: KPFA-FM, New Sounds San Jose, Music, New Music, Vocal Music